Reichwald Germanic Studies Visiting Speaker Program

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Date(s) - 1 Oct 2015 until 1 Oct 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Kelowna Art Gallery


Thursday, October 1, 7 pm | Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street (free admission)

The dodo was not the first creature driven to extinction by human beings, but it was the first whose disappearance was noticed by Europeans. The bird’s reputation for stupidity and laziness, and it’s tough, greasy flesh, ensured that, in the 17th century, few mourned its passing. Even so, some observers feared that extinction had torn a hole in the seamless fabric of God’s Creation, a concern that continues to resonate three hundred years later. Ursula Heise’s wide-ranging talk explains how we came to protect endangered species, and to lament their loss when conservation fails.

Ursula K. Heise is a Professor of English at UCLA and a faculty member of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES)

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